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The mermaid chair

The mermaid chair

Kidd, Sue Monk

Jessie Sullivan has been married half her life, and has become accustomed to her role. But when she returns to the isolated island she grew up on to establish why her mother has been behaving oddly, she is to find a lot more than she came looking for

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Headline Review, 2006
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Statement of responsibility: Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0755307631, 9780755307630
Note: Originally published: 2005.
Physical Description: 403 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Married women South Carolina Fiction.; South Carolina Fiction.; Benedictines Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6.2
Interest Level: UY
Points: 15
Quiz Number: 216720

Author note

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels, all of which have been international bestsellers: The Secret Life Of Bees, The Mermaid Chair and The Invention Of Wings. The Secret Life Of Bees spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and was turned into an award-winning film. The Mermaid Chair and The Invention of Wings were both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Sue is also the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including Travelling with Pomegranates, which she co-wrote with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.

Sue lives in Florida with her husband Sandy.
Twitter @suemonkkidd


'Sex, an eccentric cast and flashes of the black humour lighten a mid-life meditation on the nature of love, loss and redemption'
Scotsman||Book clubs, start your engines. . . . [The Mermaid Chair] is a tapestry strengthened by bonds between women that bridge pain and loss
USA Today||Her writing is so smart and sharp, she gives new life to old midlife crises, and she draws connections from the feminine to the divine to the erotic that a lesser writer wouldn't see, and might not have the guts to follow
Time||Emotionally rich... full of sultry, magical descriptions of life in the South... sure to be another hit for Kidd
Publishers Weekly||Compelling reading.... The writing is soulful in its probing of the human heart and family secrets
San Francisco Chronicle||It's hard to put this book down for little things like sleeping and eating